GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 05, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them.

General

  • (Philadelphia) Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains
    • Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia’s coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush.
  • (California) Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature
    • A controversial California bill aimed at allowing businesses and government agencies to use facial recognition on customers stalled in the state legislature Wednesday, relieving privacy activists who argued the bill’s passage would’ve given too much leeway on how the controversial technology is used.
  • (Hawaii) Hawaii Set To Receive $1.5 Million To Help Combat COVID-19
    • Hawaii will receive $1.5 million in funding from the federal government to be used to train health care workers, expand telehealth services, and purchase additional personal protective equipment to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • (Brown University, Rhode Island) Ivy League grad workers win historic first union contract
    • Graduate workers at Brown University have signed a groundbreaking labor contract, winning job security, hundreds of dollars in COVID-19-related healthcare relief and a stipend increase, in the middle of an unprecedented national crisis. The contract marks the first time an Ivy League school has agreed to a labor contract with graduate workers.
    • The tentative three-year agreement, covering more than 1,200 workers, includes an effective 3.7 percent stipend increase in the first year; a one-year appointment extension due to COVID-19 for third, fourth, fifth and many sixth years; full reimbursement for out-of-pocket COVID-19 testing and treatment medical expenses; the establishment of a health reimbursement account; and a mechanism to deal with sexual harassment claims outside of Title IX.
  • (New York) SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson to resign
    • State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson plans to leave her job to become president of Ohio's five-campus public university beginning Sept. 1, 2020. Johnson, who earns $560,000 as SUNY chancellor, joined the university system in September 2017.

K-12 Education

  • How Colorado Gov. Polis will spend the last $44 million in federal education relief money
    • Polis announced Thursday how he plans to distribute the money from a discretionary fund that’s a small share of the federal CARES Act relief bill. The largest share, $33 million, will go toward an innovation grant fund that will address learning gaps that have widened while schools were closed and improve students’ economic prospects.
    • Another $5 million to $6 million will go toward increasing the capacity of Colorado Empowered Learning, the state’s supplemental online learning platform.
    • $3 million will go to a state teacher recruitment program that was set to lose most of its funding in the state budget.
  • (Florida) Brevard schools to get up to $15 million in COVID-19 relief as budget shortfalls loom
    • The county's total education allocation came to about $17.4 million, she said, but between $2.4 and $3.4 million of that will go to local charter and private schools, proportional to student enrollment. The school district is facing an estimated $13 million shortfall heading into next school year.
    • A projected $2 million shortfall before the pandemic — the result of a state-required increase in its contribution to the Florida Retirement System and a drop in enrollment due to charter school growth, which affects per-pupil dollars from the state — is expected to balloon on the back of a projected $11 million deficit in the district's health insurance trust fund by the end of the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
  • Northeast Missouri schools working on plans to respond to further COVID-19 related budget cuts
    • State revenue is down due to the COVID-19 recession and Governor Parson said that another $130 million will likely be cut from K-12 budgets. Most schools in northeast Missouri are in the same position, not planning to make cuts but are going to need more planning surrounding budget shortfalls.
  • (Connecticut) Gov. Lamont: CT COVID-19 deaths top 4,000, hospitalizations continue to trend downward
    • The State also announced $111 million was released to all Connecticut’s Boards of Education to support remote learning costs for students K-12.
    • The Connecticut State Department of Education also released guidance to every school superintendent in the state detailing rules for operating in-person summer school programs during the pandemic.
  • Illinois Schools Can Reopen For Summer School, Gov. Pritzker Says
    • Governor Pritzker of Illinois has signed an executive order allowing students to go back to summer school with safety precautions in place. Any school that reopens is expected to maintain social distancing, limit groups to 10 people, and mandate face masks for anyone over the age of 2 years old in addition to further safety guidelines.

Higher Education & K-12 Education

  • (Tennessee) Gov. Bill Lee's latest budget cuts pay raises to state employees, offers buyouts but keeps funding for vouchers
    • The latest version of the budget scales back but still funds the school vouchers law, eliminates proposed pay raises to state employees and teachers, and sets aside $50 million to offer buyouts for government workers.
    • Overall, the budget proposal calls for more than $346 million in various reductions for fiscal 2020-2021, which begins July 1. In fiscal 2021-2022, the administration is proposing $240 million in reductions, followed by $160 million the next year.
  • (Colorado) 06-04-20 CO Governor Polis Announces $44M for Education in Federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds
    • In addition to providing funding with grants to school districts, public schools, and public institutions of higher education, the state will provide significant funding to increase capacity for Colorado Empowered Learning, the state-supported supplemental online program, in order to help school districts and schools access virtual content and professional development for educators in blended instructional models.
    • These grants will focus on student-centered learning, rethinking the student experience, strengthening and formalizing linkages between higher education, PreK-12, and industry, and catalyzing innovations that can drive long-term impact and be sustainable after the life of the grant.
  • COVID-19 Tracking App Key to University of Alabama Opening
    • Technology that can track whether students, and even college football fans, are feeling symptoms of COVID-19 could be a major part of the plan to reopen Alabama college campuses and stadiums this fall.

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